And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer. 29:13 (KJV)
Have you ever lost something, and looked all over the place for it---in every place imaginable, but lost hope in ever finding it? I have. The time and energy spent searching can prove to be exhausting, not to mention frustrating. Then there's the feeling of "am I losing my mind? Why can't I remember where I put that??"
Remember the lessons from "The little lost zebra?" (you can read about them here and here) Well, the day before yesterday I noticed my daughter's old book bag ~ one that she chose to "recycle" by stuffing it full of some of her "things." Hoping to not find any old snacks (LOL), I reached in to find a few books, a pocket calendar, some manicure things. Then as I reached into another "zippered compartment" I thought I felt a pair of raggedy old socks. As I pulled the "object" out of the back pack I realized I was holding "baby zebra's" raggedy nose!
|Imagine my surprise to see that zebra had been found!! |
He had NOT been donated, as previously thought!
Oh, Thank You, Lord! You knew all along where this little zebra was! You allowed this to happen for a reason. . . and through the time of "not having zebra," He taught me several lessons. But what in the world could He teach me from zebra being FOUND? Hmmm.
|"What lesson can I learn from this, Father?"|
Almost as soon as I finished asking, the Holy Spirit reminded me of "Ye shall seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart." Then I replied, "But I wasn't actually 'seeking zebra' when I found him."
Then the Lord gave me this thought: Sometimes I seek God for an answer, I mean I really seek after Him to the point of what could be labeled "pestering." (I know He's not pestered by us, but from a human stand point, I'd have been pestered by me.) Anyway, I finally "release the issue" and basically "give up my grip" on the situation then sometime down the road, the Lord pops in and COMPLETELY surprises me with an answer. Total Shock! It seems as though God likes to surprise us with good things....
|"Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above..." James 1:17|
Could it be that maybe He even wants to see us do the "right thing" by seeking after Him...then after a long while of seeking to "no avail," a change in our hearts take place: We loosen our grip, and just relax in the "sea of His sovereignty." Then maybe He sees a peaceful calm overtake our hearts. That's when He sees His reflection---then He says, "Okay...she's waited long enough...now I'll give her a surprise answer that will bless her socks off!" I don't know....could be.
Oh Father, Thank You for using some every-day-"life occurrences" to teach us deep, valuable spiritual truths. Please search our hearts, as we've been so desperately seeking You for some answer. Our hearts have been troubled, wondering "why You've not answered us." Yet, all along, you've just wanted us to release our tight grip on the "situations of life" and let go. Help us to relax in the "sea of Your sovereignty." Allow us to realize that You are sovereignly in control of every single detail of our lives. As we let go and just relax, we can float peacefully in Your Sovereign control. That's when we hope You will find us to become more and more a reflection of Your dear Son. We pray for help in releasing our grip and relaxing in Your Sovereignty this very day! In Jesus' Name, Amen.
I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. Jer. 32:40